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Spending the Holiday Season in Myrtle Beach
| Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Myrtle Beach may be a popular summer destination, but what most people dont know is that the fall and winter months in Myrtle Beach bring just as much excitement.You can enjoy walks on the beach with minimal crowds, milder temperatures, and the holiday season and events kick into full gear during the months of November and December. Myrtle Beach hosts a wide variety of events, from Christmas shows to shopping Events and much more! If youre thinking about planning a trip to Myrtle Beach to escape the cold, come on down and visit!

A Glimpse of What's Happening In December in Myrtle Beach

Holidays on the Boardwalk

From November 24th through January 3rd, you can experience Holidays on the Boardwalk. Locals and visitors alike join in on the festival fun listening to live music and spreading the holiday cheer. You can also enjoy camel rides and even a ride on the Polar Express train! Expect special appearances from Santa and his elves, the Grinch, and princesses! You can view the full schedule of Holidays on the Boardwalk hereto plan your trip accordingly.

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

On Tuesday, December 4th, at 6:00 PM, join Santa and his friends at McLean Park to watch the Christmas Tree Lighting and get into the holiday spirit! There will be many activities for children, refreshments, and more.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Night of a Thousand Candles

Named the Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina by Travel+Leisure, the Brookgreen Garden in North Myrtle Beach holds its annual Night of a Thousand Candles. Walk along the paths of the garden with a warm cider in hand, listen to the beautiful sounds of the carolers, and take in all of the light displays. You can view dates for Night of a Thousand Candles and ticket details here.

The South's Grandest Christmas Show

The Alabama Theatres award winning production of The Souths Grandest Christmas Show is a spectacular event for everyone and will get you and your family into the holiday spirit. Experience the holiday musical and its excitement of traditional Christmas classics and holiday favorites. You can purchase your tickets by calling 1-800-342-2262 or online here. The show runs until December, 30th.

Ripleys Festival of the Trees

With more than 100 decorated and themed Christmas trees, you are sure to be in awe when you attend the Ripleys Festival of the Trees. The festival contains a tree that represents each state and the South Carolina tree which stands over 18 feet tall features all of what people love about South Carolina. The event is held at Ripleys Aquarium. The price is included in the aquarium admission and the event runs from November 20 until December 31st.

Ripley's Festival of the Trees

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach

The Great Christmas Light Show is one of the most popular events in the area during the holiday season. Drive through a mile and a half light display through the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex to enjoiy this show. Experience animated figures, custom scenes, and more when you visit this spectacular display. After the show, visit Santa's Village and cap the night off with a cup of hot chocolate and delicious s'mores. Find out more information here.



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Five Reasons to Spend a Memorable Fall in North Myrtle Beach
Posted by Thomas Beach Vacations Blogger | Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Fall is better in North Myrtle Beach! Far from ordinary,North Myrtle Beach beckons with its thoroughly small beach town appeal. Stretching over nine miles of pristine white sand beaches, with clear blue ocean and whispering waves, North Myrtle Beach remains one of the most appreciated shiny pearls of the Grand Strand.

Fall is the time when nature makes up for the hot, seemingly endless, summer. Winter is the season of the snowbirds, chased down here by the cold up north. While spring is many people's favorite season, parents and school-aged kids anxiously await the summer. However, blink and you just may miss our incredible, more-beach-per-person fall.

Maybe not as visible as some northern states, changes during fall are anything but subtle in North Myrtle Beach. From trees changing colors to temperatures fluctuating, you also will hear the sound of the many festivals. Fall is a busy time for outdoor concerts, great food, daring shows and everything in between.

Here are just five reasons to book with Thomas Beach Vacations and spend memorable moments in North Myrtle Beach this fall:

The weather is beautiful

Fall months are normally mild and sunny in the North Myrtle Beach area with high temperatures in the 70s. The average air temperature is around 77; the average water temperature is around 72. This perfect weather is wonderful for outdoor activities such as festivals, fishing, golfing, and much more! You should certainly pack a sweater for the chilly evenings, but you'll find the tides are generally low and the beaches inviting. Stroll along the beaches of North Myrtle Beach with unspoiled views of sand and seaand the early morning and sunset light are downright magical.

Pack lots of fun into long weekends

North Myrtle Beach, was once considered the birth place of the Shag dance, and its still considered the SOS (Society of Stranders) capital of fun. Strains of beach music can be heard in North Myrtle Beach nearly every night, as those who love the Shag dance the night away.

Golfing is very popular in North Myrtle Beach in this milder season, too. Thomas Golf Vacations, as a Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday member and through special arrangements with area courses, has fantastic golf deals to get you the most bang for your bucks. Take advantage of our excellent multi-round deals. You're often able to play some top-tier golf courses and enjoy BIG SAVINGS off single-round rates.
Enjoy the thrilling castle-based dinner theater show at Medieval Times, while following a plot involving royals and knights, rousing jousts, clanging weapons, and a villain from a rival kingdom. Dont miss Alabama Theatre's One-The Show, which delivers an exciting level of entertainment--the likes seen only in New York or Vegas! Catch an off-Broadway-style performance at the Alabama Theater or a national touring act in concert at the House of Blues. Looking for an adventure? Check out Pirates Voyage Dinner Theater for swash-buckling entertainment! Find yourself face to face with nature's fiercest and most beautiful animals at Alligator Adventure, one of the largest facilities for reptile life in the world.

Savor a True Culinary Delight

You could spend a long weekend just trolling the eateries and watering holes here. But throw in the fine dining and the wow factor is even higher. Tis the season for pumpkin spiced lattes and chunky sweaters, when hungry palates cant wait to savor the flavors and warmth of the seasons main ingredients. From fresh, local seafood to mouth-watering steaks, the restaurants in the North Myrtle Beach area have options to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Southern cooking is a staple for North Myrtle Beach diners, where classic local dishes like Chicken Bog, Shrimp and Gritts or Frogmore Stew are on many menus. Start that diet now if you must. But come fall, all bets are off in North Myrtle Beach.

Enjoy Shopping Paradise on Your Own Schedule

The elegant boutiques in North Myrtle Beach are jammed with on-trend fashion statements shoes, apparel, and accessories. On Main Street or at Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach or at Market Common, you will find favorite name brands and vibrant shops. Many shopping spots in the North Myrtle Beach area offer more than retail therapy. Attractions in their own right, these shopping places have extras to entice fashionistas, bargain hunters and souvenir seekers to stick around after their sprees. So make sure to pick up that special something for yourself and for all the loved ones on your shopping list, but pack light so you leave room for all of your treasures.

Experience the laid-back culture of the South

The citys beautiful Main Street, with its traditional local stores that even include a 50-year-old barber shop, is a testimony of North Myrtle Beachs commitment to share its Southern tradition with the rest of the world. Southern hospitality isnt just a catchphrase, its a way of life here at the beach, where formal attire means your best pair of flip-flops.

North Myrtle Beach is still a place for manners, where conversations with friends, family or guests are never rushed. If you want to experience it first hand, simply call Thomas Beach Vacations Guest Services at (866) 249-2100. Having grace under pressure and making others feel welcome and comfortable is also part of the Southern charm. Yes, we take our pleasantries very seriously. The most powerful gesture of kindness in North Myrtle Beach is often a simple handshake, where a good, firm grip still goes a long way.

As fall beach destinations go, its hard to imagine a better spot than North Myrtle Beach, the true gem of the Grand Strand. Life at the beach doesnt stop after Labor Day. Its your vacation. Make it the best one ever with Thomas Beach Vacations in North Myrtle Beach.



2018 Fall

The Ultimate North Myrtle Beach Vacation
| Tuesday, July 31, 2018


North Myrtle Beach is the prime vacation spot for the 2018 season. Looking for some new things for you and your family to do during your stay in North Myrtle? Here is a glimpse of some of the newest restaurants and attractions.

Salt Shaker Boat Tours - Barefoot Landing

Explore the scenic waterway in North Myrtle Beach with a one-hour tour from Salt Shaker Boat Tours. This new water attraction offers two-person boats which are easy to navigate the waterway with and are safe, affordable and comfortable. The tours include nature, marinas and beautiful home fronts. Visit their website here and book your tour for your vacation!

810 Bowling

810 Bowling is a unique mix of games, socialization and food. Whether you are up for bowling, billiards, ping-pong or board games, youll find something for everyone to participate in here. And youll want to take advantage of the food menu, as its not your typical bowling joint offerings. From salads, appetizers, pizza, wings and burgers, this is gourmet food at a reasonable price. Youll also want to check out the full bar with happy hour and drink specials.

Lucy Buffetts Lulus - Barefoot Landing

Youve certainly heard of Jimmy Buffets Margaretville, now experience his sisters new restaurant in Barefoot landing. Lucy Buffets Lulus restaurant provides coastal cuisine and a large menu offering. Sit back, relax, eat and listen to live music as you enjoy the perfect view of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Tin Roof - 1410 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

With its fun and eclectic ambiance, Tin Roof gives you a penthouse view of the ocean with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It is all about giving musicians a place to play and a place to hang out! Enjoy live music while you dine and embrace the beach lifestyle. At this oceanfront venue, youll take in some of the best views on the Grand Strand. Youll find various ages and music vibes, too.




Free Nov 4 North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department Motorcycle Collision Avoidance Training Seminar
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Thursday, September 28, 2017


The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department offers a free November 4, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Motorcycle Collision Avoidance Training Seminar for motorcycle riders who have basic riding knowledge and who can operate their motorcycles on the roadway with little to no trouble.

The course, limited to 20 participants, will introduce motorcycle riders to the five basic riding techniques, riding in confined areas, proper braking techniques, evasive maneuvers, and other collision avoidance related exercises. 

The day will begin with a short classroom session at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center (1030 Possum Trot Road) and will then move to the North Myrtle Beach Drag Strip (2003 Star Bluff Road, Longs, SC) to apply safe riding techniques.

Motorcycle Instructors Sgt. Ray Pollock and L.Cpl. Chris Shick are both Institute of Police Management & Training (IPTM) Police Motorcycle Instructors, and both have spent over nine years working as Police Motor Officers. The goal of this course is to improve each riders ability to avoid injuries and motorcycle collisions.

Lunch will be provided free of charge to all seminar participants and water will be available throughout the day.

Required Equipment
- Functioning, licensed, registered and insured street-legal motorcycle
- Over the ankle boots
            - Comfortable riding pants and shirts 
            - D.O.T. approved helmet
            - State Beginners Permit or Motorcycle Endorsement
            - A good attitude. 
            - We strongly recommend riding gloves and protective eyewear.
            - Riders will be required to sign a release of liability form.

NO charge for the course and there is no prerequisite course required.

Maximum of 20 students, so sign up early.
           
Registration Contact
Sgt. Ray Pollock
             
Course Location & Time        
J. Bryan Floyd Community Center
November 4, 2017 @ 8 AM to 5 PM



Medicine Drop-off Booth Available at September 30 Irish Italian International Festival in North Myrtle Beach
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Thursday, September 28, 2017


The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department will staff a Medicine Drop-Off Booth at theSeptember 30 Irish Italian International Festival on Main Street.

Bring unused, expired and unwanted prescription and over the counter medicines to the North Myrtle Beach Police booth, which will be located at the Main Street entrance to the festival from10am-4pm. (Liquids and syringes will not be accepted.) 

Unused medicines in homes create a public health and safety concern because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, or abused.



North Myrtle Beach Emergency Beach Renourishment Project Update
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Thursday, September 28, 2017


$10.6 MILLION U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS EMERGENCY BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 2 IN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

Weather and mechanical factors permitting, a $10.6 Million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Emergency Beach Renourishment Project is scheduled to begin the week ofOctober 2 in North Myrtle Beach.

About 400,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from offshore and piped on to the beach to renourish those sections of beach that do not have adequate protection.

The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction, usually completing up to 500 feet per day, barring mechanical or weather/sea condition delays.

Pipelines will come on to the beach at about 28th Avenue North, far north Cherry Grove, and Atlantic Beach. The project will start at about 28th Avenue North and initially move north. Two dredges will be used offshore.

The beach access at 18th Avenue North will be used for equipment storage.

Designed and paid for by the USACE, the sole purpose of the project is to protect structures from storm surge and/or high tide. The USACE designed the emergency project according to its guidelines and regulations.

Once the USACE's emergency beach renourishment project has concluded toward the end of October or early November, the city will contract to have about 50,000 cubic yards of sand delivered to the beach to help reestablish dunes in sections where they were eliminated or severely eroded during Hurricane Matthew. The city will pay for this project, estimated at about $1 million.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has established a mapping website that you may use to keep up with the daily status of its renourishment project. To access the mapping site, please follow this link:


If the above link does not work for you, enter this link into your browser:


The accompanying photo is of the Surfside Beach renourishment project and was included in an article on DredgingToday.com



Beach Sweep / Creek Sweep is Saturday, October 7, in North Myrtle Beach
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Thursday, September 28, 2017


DATE: Saturday, October 7
TIME: 9am 12pm
CHECK-IN: Starts 8:30 am
CHECK-IN LOCATION: 53rd Avenue North Boat Ramp in Cherry Grove
LUNCH: Starts at 11am at the 53rd Avenue North Boat Ramp in Cherry Grove
TO VOLUNTEER: Contact Gregg Barnhill at 843-280-5673 or dgbarnhill@nmb.us

The Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Commission will sponsor BEACH SWEEP / CREEK SWEEP on October 7. Volunteers will clean the ocean front areas of North Myrtle Beach and some areas of the marsh in Cherry Grove.

Following is a list of the major cleanup areas for Beach Sweep / Creek Sweep in North Myrtle Beach and some of the volunteer groups that will be cleaning the beach and marsh areas. Please feel free to join in!

BEACH SWEEP CLEANUP AREAS
With Parking and Restrooms

45th AVENUE SOUTH -- The Christian Retreat in Windy Hill will provide 70-80 volunteers to clean the Windy Hill Section

27th AVENUE SOUTH -- Need Volunteers

17th AVENUE SOUTH -- Grand Strand Professionals will provide 30-50 volunteers to clean this area

THE HORSESHOE -- The OD Shag Club will provide 25-30 volunteers to clean the beach and the Main Street area

SEA MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY -- Need Volunteers

BURGESS PRESERVE AREA -- North Myrtle Beach High School will clean up marsh areas near the Preserve

CHERRY GROVE BOAT RAMP -- North Myrtle Beach High School (walk to beach from boat ramp for beach cleanup)

The North Myrtle Beach Beach Sweep / Creek Sweep is a part of the statewide Beach Sweep / River Sweep, South Carolinas largest one-day volunteer cleanup initiative. On the third Saturday in September each year, thousands volunteer to help clear South Carolina's beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of debris. The annual cleanup, organized by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, has taken place since 1988. The event occurs in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. Once the Sweep is over, the Ocean Conservancy tallies all of the debris data. This data helps to identify the sources of litter so we can try to prevent litter before it starts. 

Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful is volunteer committee dedicated to educating and empowering the North Myrtle Beach community to personally improve the environment and enhance the quality of life and community pride through beautification, litter prevention and recycling.

Volunteer Groups and Sponsors:

Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful, Sea Grant Consortium, Palmetto Pride, Driftwood Garden Club, Optimist Club, Yaupon Garden Club, North Myrtle Beach Pilot Club, Sea Oates Garden Club, North Strand Sail & Power Squadron, Sea Coast Anglers, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety, North Myrtle Beach Public Works, North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation, Clemson Extension Service, American Legion Post 186, OD Shag Club, North Myrtle Beach High School, North Myrtle Beach Middle School, North Myrtle Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, all North Myrtle Beach Elementary Schools, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, and many individual volunteers from the area.



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